In the first five minutes of being on ChatRoulette, I chatted with a guy from Spain, one in Turkey, another from I don't know where - who asked, with a pretty please, to see my tits, and then a full screen of a very well endowed, so I imagine quite proud, masturbator. What a service!
Simply put, it is a service where you can video chat with random strangers. If you don't like the one you're looking at, hit next and you'll get someone new. If you do, strike up a conversation.
Before reading about ChatRoulette in NYMagazine this week, I hadn't heard about it. And generally, the nakedness of the concept (not a literal reference to above) isn't my thing. Talking to strangers in a bar I'm all for - but not necessarily online. Of course my curiosity - and the fact that it's all the rage - led me to check it out. Sort of hard to believe that this application/service didn't exist before. There is something that feels so old school about it. Yet new and addictive at the same time.
As for the addiction part, I get it. It's completely voyeuristic. And even though someone is watching you too, it doesn't really feel that way. Especially because you know you can turn it off - or them off by hitting next - anytime.
When I was online, it said there 18,000+ people online too. I was wondering what the chances were that I'd run into someone I know? I couldn't possibly do the math (as I have zero idea what the equation would be to figure it out), but I imagine quite slim. I can't really say this will be my new "social network." Or even what this is really all about, other than just a bizarre social experiment. But it is certainly a hoot, nonetheless.
If you have even one curious bone in your body, and can accept that you will be exposed and probed, totally worth the click through.